English 822.001 - EMOTION THEORY

Winter 1995

Julie Ellison jeson@umich.edu
Office Hours Wednesday 1-3:30 and by appointment
7617 HH


Books available at Shaman Drum

  • Carolyn Steedman, Legend for a Good Woman (Rutgers)
  • Lutz and Abu-Lughod, Language and the Politics of Emotion (Cambridge)
  • Wayne Koestenbaum, The Queen's Throat (Vintage)
  • Patricia Williams, The Alchemy of Race and Rights (Harvard)
  • Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror (Columbia)


Course Pack at Kelly's Kopies above Taco Bell across from SEB


January 6


January 13

Autobiography as Critique Behar, "Dare We Say I?"; Steedman,

Landscape for a Good Woman

"A" Group

January 20

Mourning and Melancholia Freud, from "Mourning and Melancholia"

Schiesari, "The Gendering of Freud's `Mourning and Melancholia'" Renato Rosaldo,

"Grief and a Headhunter's Rage"

"B" Group

January 27

"Needs Talk" Patricia Williams, The Alchemy of Race

and Rights and selection from Nancy Fraser, Unruly Practices

"C" Group

February 3

Sexuality, Sentiment, and Performance Wayne Koestenbaum,

The Queen's Throat

"D" Group

February 10

Performance, Continued Berlant, "The Female Complaint";


"Some Binarisms (II): Wilde, Nietzsche and the Sentimental Relations of the Male Body"

"E" Group

February 17

The Affective Imperative Kristeva, Powers of Horror

"A" Group

February 24:


March 3

Emotion and Ideology Raymond Williams, "Structures of Feeling";

Grossberg from We Gotta get Outa This Place: Popular Conservatism and Postmodern Culture; Jameson, from Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

"B" Group

March 10

Antislavery Affections Yacavone, "Abolition and...Fraternal Love"; Sanchez-Eppler, "Bodily Bonds"

"C" Group

March 17

Language, Guilt, and Terror Bhabha, "Postcolonial Authority and Postmodern Guilt"; Daniel, "The Individual in Terror" and "Crushed Glass, or, Is There a Counterpoint to Culture?"

"D" Group

also, for everyone: one-paragraph statement of term paper topic due in class

March 24

Sentiment, Nationalism, the Romance Sommer, "Love and Country: An Allegorical Speculation" from Foundational Fictions; Sollers,

"Romantic Love, Arranged Marriage, and Indian Melancholy"

"E" Group

March 31

Manners and Conventions Appadurai, in Language and the Politics of Emotion, Ch. 5, "Topographies of the Self: Praise and Emotion in

Hindu India; Kasson, "Emotional Control" from Rudeness and Civility; Wexler, "Tender Violence: Literary Eavesdropping, Domestic Fiction, and Educational Reform"

April 7

Ethnography's Emotional Turn Michelle Rosaldo, "Toward an Anthropology of Self and Feeling" In Language and the Politics of

Emotion: ch. 2, Abu-Lughod, "Shifting Politics in Beduoin Love Poetry"; ch. 9, Trawick, "Untouchability and the Fear of Death in a Tamil Song."

April 14

Literati Tompkins, "Me and My Shadow"; Kaplan, "The Thorn Birds: Fiction, Fantasy, Femininity"; Cvetkovic from Mixed Feelings

April 21

Term paper due in my office by noon


The goal of the seminar is to keep all of these issues in play simultaneously.

  • If "emotion " has now constituted itself as a "field" or "area," what is the secret of its success? Why here? Why now?
  • aesthetics: the poetic; imagination and fancy; the beautiful and the sublime as theorized in work on romanticism and postmodernism; tone: parody, irony, pathos
  • conventionality, manners, pedagogy, and other forms of emotional education and enforcement
  • somatics: discourses of expressiveness, inspiration, and emotional contagion; the weeping, blushing, aggressive, and erotic body and its embarrassments
  • performance and gesture
  • gender: emotion as a major theme of women's, gay and lesbian studies and masculinity
  • studies; the feminist literature related to emotion
  • method: intuition; dialogue; logic, analysis, invocations of science and the rational
  • nationalism, patriotism, and other civic emotions; the emotional relations of colonial and post-colonial societies; of commerce; of empire
  • periodization: i.e. the Age of Sensibility
  • subjectivity and intersubjectivity: the psychological treatment of emotion (hysteria, mourning, transference, and abjection); the genres of autobiography and confession; the philosophical, theological, and literary histories of love
  • media: print culture, reading and media audiences, high and low cultures, electronic communications, virtual reality, interactive media
  • the object of feeling; the representation of the victim, especially as defined by racial or social differences (slaves, criminals, vagrants, > the sick, the poor); the history of charity and social welfare; humanitarian movements
  • intimations of the sacred: liturgy, confession, epiphany, revelation
  • emotion and politics; ideological analyses of emotion

Emotion Bibliography

  • Abu-Lughod, Veiled Sentiments
  • Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities
  • Appleby, Joyce Liberalism and Republicanism in the Historical Imagination (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992) .
  • Aubry, "La Contagion du Meurtre"
  • Bain, Alexander The Emotions and the Will (1859)
  • Barker-Bendfield, G.J. The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain
  • Barthes, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes
  • Baym, Nina "Melodramas of Beset Manhood"
  • Bellah, et al. Habits of the Heart
  • Benn Michaels, "Race into Culture: A Genealogy of Cultural Identity" Critical Inquiry
  • Berger, John "Bad News" The Threepenny Review Winter 1993 p. 39
  • Berlant, "The Female Complaint" Social Text (and piece in Samuels, ed.
  • "The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and the Form of Sentiment")
  • Bhabha, Homi "Postcolonial Authority and Postmodern Guilt" in Cultural Studies, Grossberg et al., eds. (New York: Routledge, 1991).
  • Breitweiser, Mitchell American Puritanism and the Defense of Mourning: Religion, Grief, and Ethnology in Mary White Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative
  • Brodhead, Richard "Spare the Rod" Representations
  • Bystrom, "The Abyss of Sympathy: The Conventions of Pathos in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Novels" Criticism 1981
  • Castle, Terry The Apparitional Lesbian
  • Chambers, "The Suicide Tactic: Writing in the Language of the Other" from Room for Maneuver: Reading (the) Oppositional (in) Narrative
  • ----- The Writing of Melancholy
  • Cvetkovic, Anne Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism
  • Darwin, Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals
  • Davidson, Cathy, discussion of late eighteenth-century sentimental fiction in Revolution and the Word
  • de Certeau, Heterologies: Discourse on the Other
  • de Sousa, Ronald, The Rationality of Emotion
  • Discourse: articles in Fall-Winter 1990-91 stemming from conference on "The Emotions" at Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; also 14(1) Winter 1991-92 some articles on affect and tv
  • Douglas, Ann The Feminization of America
  • Elias, Norbert The Civilizing Process: The Development of Manners: Changes in the Code of conduct and Feeling in Early Modern Times
  • Ellison, Julie "Feeling Strange" ANQ; "Race and Sensibility in the Early Republic: Ann Eliza Bleecker and Sarah Wentworth Morton" American Literature Fall 1993; unpublished paper, "A Short History of Liberal Guilt"; "The Politics of Fancy in the Age of Sensibility," in Carol Shiner Wilson and Joel Haefner, eds., Re-visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers 1776-1837 Empathy and medicine: new or forthcoming collection of essays
  • Feld, Steven Sound and Sentiment: birds weeping, poetics, and song in kaluli
  • Felman, Shoshona Testimony
  • Ferguson, Moira. Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery 1760-1834
  • Fisher, Berenice "Guilt and Shame in the Women's Movement: The Radical Ideal of Action and Its Meaning for Feminist Intellectuals," Feminist Studies 10:2 [Sum 1984] 185-212.
  • Fliegelman, Jay. Prodigals and Pilgrims: The American Revolution Against Patriarchal Authority; also Declaring Independence
  • Foster, Gaines M. "Guilt Over Slavery: A Historiographical Analysis," J. of Southern History LVI:4 1990, 670-71, 674-75).
  • Fraser, Nancy Unruly Practices
  • Freud, "On Mourning and Melancholia" (see Woodward's article in Discourse)
  • Gibbard, Alan Wise Choices, Apt Feelings
  • Goffman, Erving The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life
  • Grossberg, "Ideology and Affective Epidemics" and "Affect and the Popular" from We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Popular Conservatism and Postmodern Culture
  • Hall, Catherine White, Male and Middle Class: Explorations in Feminism and History, esp. ch. 9, "Missionary Stories: gender and ethnicity in England in the 1830s and 1840s"; also ch. 10, "Competing Masculinities" (Carlyle and Mill)
  • Halttunen, Karen Confidence Men and Painted Women
  • Haskell, Thomas "Capitalism and the Origins of the Humanitarian Sensibility" (American Historical Review 90: 334-61 Apr 85; 547-66 June 85)
  • Hass, Robert "Families and Prisons" and "My Mother's Nipples" Michigan Quarterly Review
  • Herbert, T. Walter Dearest Beloved: The Hawthornes and the Making of the Middle Class Family
  • hooks, bell Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics
  • Hulme, discussion of "Inkle and Yarico," from Colonial Encounters (see Steele for Spectator selection)
  • Intro/ Abu-Lughod, "Shifting Politics in Bedouin love poetry"/ Lutz on "gender, power, and the rhetoric of emotional control in American discourse" / Trawick, "Untouchability and the fear of death in a Tamil Song"; Arjun Appadurai, "Topographies of the self: praise and emotion in Hindu India"
  • Jameson, Frederic Postmodern Culture, "The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism"
  • Kaplan, Alice French Lessons
  • Kaplan, Cora, from Sea Changes: Culture and Feminism
  • Karen Halttunen on Lucretia Chapman trial
  • Kasson, Michael Rudeness and Civility
  • Kleinman and Good, Culture and Depression
  • Koestenbaum, Wayne The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire
  • Kristeva, Julia The Powers of Horror, Tales of Love, Black Sun
  • Lang on "Class and the Strategies of Sympathy"
  • Lamb, Charles Elia, 1823 facsimile edition (Oxford: Woodstock Books, 1991). Essay on London beggars.
  • le Bon, Gustave The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind
  • Lehuu on Godey's Lady's Book and images of motherhood
  • Lockridge, Kenneth, On the Sources of Patriarchal Rage (the commonplace booksof Byrd and Jefferson)
  • Lorde, Audre Sister/Outsider (Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1984).
  • Lovell, Terry Consuming Fiction
  • Lutz, Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesion Atoll and Their Challenge to Western Theory
  • Lutz and Abu-Lughod, Language and the Politics of Emotion
  • Lutz and White, "The Anthropology of Emotions" Ann Rev Anthro 1986 15.405-36
  • Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition, The Differend
  • MacKenzie, Henry The Man of Feeling
  • Markus, Hazel and Kitayama, Shinobu Emotion and Culture: Empirical Studies of Mutual Influence
  • Marshall, David The Surprising Effects of Sympathy
  • Mellencamp, Patricia High Anxiety: Catastrophe, Scandal, Age, & Comedy
  • Miller, Nancy K. "Facts, Pacts, Acts" Profession; "Autobiographical Deaths" Massachusetts Rev. 33(1); Getting Personal: Feminist Occasions and Other Autobiographical Acts
  • Miller, William Humiliation
  • Morris, David The Culture of Pain
  • Mullen, John Sex and Sociability in Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  • Nussbaum, Martha Love's Knowledge
  • Okin, Susan Moller, "The Making of the Sentimental Family" Philosophy and Public Affairs 11(1) 1981
  • Peck, Janice "TV Talk Shows as Therapeutic Discussion: The Ideological Labor of the Televised Talking Cure" (unpublished paper)
  • Pocock, "Virtue, Passion, and Commerce" in Virtue, Commerce, and History
  • Probyn, Elspeth Sexing the Self: Gendered Positions in Cultural Theory
  • Radway, Janice Reading the Romance
  • Rorty, Amelie, "Explaining Emotions" from Mind in Action: Essays in the Philosophy of Mind
  • Rosaldo, Renato Culture and Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis
  • Samuel, Shirley, ed. The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality
  • Samuels, slavery and the body; Joy Kasson on "The Greek Slave"; Dana
  • Nelson on "Sympathy as Strategy in...Hope Leslie"
  • Sanchez-Eppler, "Bodily Bonds: The Intersection Rhetorics of Feminism and Abolition" in Samuels, ed.
  • Scarry, Elaine The Body in Pain
  • Scherer, Facets of Emotion
  • Schiesari, Juliana The Gendering of Melancholia: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Symbolics of Loss in Renaissance Literature
  • Sedgwick, Eve Epistemology of the Closet
  • Shklar, Judith Ordinary Vices
  • Shweder and LeVine, eds. Culture Theory: Essays on Mind, Self, and Emotion
  • Silverman, "Whig Sentimentalism" in The Cultural History of the American Revolution
  • Smith, Adam The Theory of Moral Sentiments eds. D.D. Raphael and A.L. Macfie (Indianapolis: Liberty Classics, 1982)
  • Smith, Paul Discerning the Subject
  • Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll, "The Female World of Love and Ritual" Signs 1:I
  • Sollers, Werner Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture
  • Sommer, Doris Irresistible Romance: The Foundational Fictions of Latin America
  • Spencer, Herbert Principles of Psychology
  • Steedman, Carolyn Landscape of a Good Woman
  • Steele, Shelby "White Guilt," American Scholar 59 Autumn 1990, 497-506.
  • Stewart, Susan On Longing
  • Stoler, Ann "'In Cold Blood': Hierarchies of Credibility and the Politics of Colonial Narratives" Representations 37
  • Tarde, Gabriel, "The public and the crowd"
  • Taussig, Mick "Culture of Terror, Space of Death: Roger Casement's Putumayo Report and the Explanation of Torture" Comp Stud in Soc and Hist 26:3 1984
  • Taylor, Charles Sources of the Self
  • Tochin, Mourning, Gender, and Creativity in the Art of Herman Melville
  • Todd, Janet Sensibility: An Introduction
  • Tompkins, Jane "Criticism and Feeling" in College English 39 Oct 1977; "Me and My Shadow" in Criticism and Theory, ed. Linda Kaufman; Sensational Designs
  • Trawick, Notes on Love in a Tamil Family
  • Williams, Bernard Shame and Guilt
  • Williams, Patricia The Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor
  • Williams, Raymond "Structures of Feeling" in Marxism and Literature
  • Wood, Gordon S. "Conspiracy and the Paranoid Style: Causality and Deceit in the Eighteenth Century" William and Mary Quarterly July 1982 (39) I 401-441